Nancy A Zacks is a science and technical writer with over 25 years of experience in the software development and medical device industries. She works part-time as a technical writing specialist for a medical device company in Southeastern Massachusetts, and provides technical writing services for small companies throughout New England.
Nancy holds a BA in Biology and Art from Hamilton/Kirkland Colleges, and an MS in Science Communication (Journalism) from Boston University.
As an undergraduate, Nancy studied biology and art as preparation for a medical illustration career. After two years as an illustrator at AARCO Medical Art and Design, and The National Museum of Natural History, she enrolled in the Science Communication program at the Boston University School of Communication (COM). Nancy completed student medical reporting assignments as well as internships at the New England Journal of Medicine and Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with a focus on medical writing.
Nancy designed, developed and wrote user documentation for Wang Laboratories, Cytyc Corporation, ESA Magellan BioSciences, and Helicos BioSciences, and Inso Corporation, and many other science and technology companies.
In the early 2000s Nancy worked as an information architect for Dynamic Diagrams, designing and organizing early versions of scientific and technical websites, including sites for Samsung Electronics, Ingenta, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
More recently, Nancy has combined her writing experience, journalism education, and horse interests in equine journalism. As a freelance writer, Nancy writes articles about equine health for for The Horse Magazine, the United States Eventing Association, The Equine Journal, and Idexx Laboratories.
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Undergraduate degree in life science
Graduate degree in science journalism
Experience in science publishing, medical device, web and software development industries
Experience as a biological illustrator
Knowledge of technical writing best practices and processes
Expertise in producing clear, accurate, and concise writing for expert and non-expert audiences
Experience with user-centered design methodology